Culture – Indoors and Out

cultureIf you’ve been incarcerated, you may have missed out on what’s current. Catch up on the news at the library! Where to start?  Without even going into New York City, there are many cultural resources you can tap, right in Westchester County.  Many are low cost or free.  Follow the links below for places and events that can keep your mind sharp and your heart happy.

Calendars

To always be in the know check out artswestchester.org for updates on events and exhibitions. Find something that interests you such as comedy events, lectures, spoken word, film showings, family &  kid events, even art classes! check back often – there’s always something to do.  County events are also posted to The Journal News’ events page at http://events.lohud.com/.

Parks, Pools, and Outdoor Events

Westchester has over 50 parks and recreational centers for you to enjoy; visit http://parks.westchestergov.com/ to learn all that the great outdoors has to offer.  Download this map to find something near you. Consider a visit to Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in Yonkers. Admission is free and the sights regardless of season are breathtaking.  Visit their website here or call for more information (914) 613-4502.

Museums

The Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase College is the county’s premier museum of modern, contemporary, and African art. It is $5 for Adults, $3 for Children with the first Saturday of every month free to all visitors! Check out the museum’s events page to find out about special lectures, kids programming, performances and keep up to date with their exhibitions.

Another must see museum is the  Hudson River Museum. Accessible by train or bus this museum not only has intriguing exhibits but it also has a planetarium – see the stars whenever you want! Right next to the museum is the amphitheater, an outdoor concert venue hosting events that range from Shakespeare to improv, classical music to R&B, even a musical sing-a-long viewing of Frozen.

Kid Stuff

Want to take the kids somewhere fun & educational check-out these places:

  • Muscoot Farm – has programs that teach you about the different animals that live on the farm, how a farm runs and even hosts a farmer’s market & art events.
  • The Play Place – provides programs which emphasizes positive reinforcement not competition to help your child learn and grow in areas such as dance, tennis and soccer. There is also a free-play area and specialized programming depending on age, as well as fun events such as date night and holiday specials
  • The Westchester Tourism Website always posts fun activities for kids like the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival this October.
  • Call your local library.  Throughout the year the library provides free programs for children (and adults) – concerts, movies, book discussions, lectures, art programs, and more.  Here’s a list of all the 38 libraries in the county – where they are and how you can contact them.

For any museum (even the ones in NYC), try to visit the websites first to see what is current or if hours have changed; most offer “free” access days. Also, your local library often has “loaner” museum passes that can get you in for free.  It pays to plan ahead.

Movies

Do you enjoy seeing movies? Many different movie theaters have showings of both movies that are coming out and some old favorites! City Center 15 in White Plains offers showing of current movies out as well as older movies. The City Center also offers a rewards program that you can use to earn points for free popcorn, candy, or a movie ticket. Another movie theater that offers low cost movie tickets for classic movies is The Alamo Drafthouse.

Getting There

Metro North trains get you to New York City; look here for information on discounts for special events and holiday weekends.. The Bee-Line Transportation system offers a Trip Advisor online tool and phone service (dial 511NY) that helps you navigate bus service through Westchester County.